I’m taking a rest day in Yangzhou before making the final push to Shanghai. Yangzhou, near the junction of the Grand Canal and the Yangtze River, was once an economic and cultural center of southern China. The city grew rich from the salt trade, attracting merchants and artisans from all over, who set up residences and gardens here.
Slender West Lake: Named after Hangzhou’s famous West Lake, this long, narrow stretch of water meanders through Yangzhou’s western limits. Boat rides, willow lined banks, and scattered shaded pavilions make this an urban refuge.
Putting the ‘Rest’ in ‘Rest Day’. I took a nice nap in this pavilion in Yangzhou’s Ge Garden. The garden, formerly the private garden of a business man trading salt, has luxuriant bamboo groves, ponds, and rock grottoes. It was designed by the great Qing Dynasty landscape painter Shi Tao.